Active Research

Women’s Access to Healthcare in Nepal

University College London

The right of women with disabilities to make autonomous choices during pregnancy is the same as that of women without disabilities. However, in low-income countries such as Nepal, their access to healthcare and choices during their pregnancy journey are often limited, which increases their risk of neglect, non-consensual care, and obstetric violence. This research project aims to identify institutional and social barriers that affect these women’s access to care in Nepal, which includes but is not limited to the rural-urban divide and stigma around disability and pregnancy. Furthermore, the aim is to explore which obstetric choices are currently available, and to identify interventions and policies that may improve healthcare access and choices for these women.